Every one of us has our own personal journey through life. Regardless if we are in a relationship or by ourselves, we are responsible for how we live and how we deal and respond to various events and situations.
While there are a select few who go through life relatively unscathed with relationships, career and health, most of us eventually end up having to deal with life changing events. This could include relationship breakdown, loss of job or development of a health issue such as cancer, organ disease and various autoimmune diseases like diabetes, hyper/hypothyroidism, arthritis, etc. While most of us are fortunate enough to get support from family and medical professionals, it is up to us to take care of ourselves as best we can.
I was a middle-aged professional with over 20 years’ experience in a career I loved. I was happy with my life and was comfortable but our lives don’t always turn out the way we want them to. I became widowed and while dealing with that grief, I got consistently sick in my stomach. Many nights I fell asleep laying in front of my fireplace, writhing in pain and I had no idea why. The mental stress and physical pain were at times unbearable while waiting to eventually be diagnosed with Crohn’s and Celiac. I also learned that I was lactose intolerant. I was assigned a specialist and started treatment and tried to learn what foods didn’t make me sick. At that time, my career offered me an opportunity to work at head office which is something I always wanted to do. I sold my house and started a new chapter in my life. It was great for 1 ½ years until my employer started massive layoffs and I was out of work. Stressful? You bet! Now what do I do?
I could go find a job or I could learn to take care of myself and my health issues. I believed that natural complimentary treatment coupled with medical assistance and a lifestyle change, would help me live a more comfortable and full life. Just prior to my move, I had started Reflexology classes through the Reflexology Association of Canada. The plan was to start practicing after my retirement but little did I know I would start my practice sooner. Reflexology is a natural healing art that not only helps with relaxation to reduce stress but working areas of the foot or hand allows increased circulation, pain reduction and helps detox the body. I’m a certified reflexologist in good standing with the Reflexology Association of Canada.
While I was excited about being able to help others with reflexology, I wanted to learn more. I started to learn about Reiki which is the practice of laying on hands to remove energy blocks and re-balance the body. The study of Reiki was very important to me and I became a Reiki master in traditional Usui Reiki and the more progressive Holy Fire Karuna Reiki through Mount Royal University and the International Centre for Reiki Training. Re-energizing the body by clearing chakras provides inner peace, contentment and overall sense of well-being and happiness.
With this knowledge and practice, I was still missing something. Nutrition. What we put into our bodies has a real affect on how we perform… or not perform. In order to take care of ourselves, we have to make sure we are putting the right fuel in our bodies. If I was going to live a full and as normal life as possible, I had to learn that. I enrolled with the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. This school focuses on a holistic approach to support body, mind, and spirit. Essentially, live whole foods provide what you need to fuel your body and promotes wellness. I successfully graduated this diploma course and can help you choose the right foods that will make the difference in your wellness.
Finally, I wanted to learn how to cook those live whole foods so I enrolled in the Academy of Culinary Nutrition. It was a great experience to learn how to be creative with the right foods. I’ve heard many people tell me that eating healthy is bland and boring. This couldn’t be further from the truth! I graduated with honors and love showing people how to shop for those healthy foods and how to prepare them. It was during this course that I was diagnosed with cancer. This diagnosis along with my education taught me to listen to my body and make it a priority.
My journey continues and this now includes helping others. I consider it an honor to volunteer one day a week to provide Reiki to cancer patients and caregivers at Wellspring Edmonton. I want to help those who are looking for answers and relief; who want to feel better with what they are dealing with in their lives. If this resonates with you, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or browse my website zentreewellness.ca to schedule an appointment. Please share with those you think could benefit or want to learn more about the services I offer.
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